Man beaten and held in closet by East Cleveland police gets $22 mn

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June 02, 2016 9:29 AM

A jury awarded $22 million to an Ohio man who sued the city of East Cleveland and police officers after he was beaten while handcuffed and placed in a storage closet for four days, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

A jury awarded $22 million to an Ohio man who sued the city of East Cleveland and police officers after he was beaten while handcuffed and placed in a storage closet for four days, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

Arnold Black, 48, of Maple Heights, Ohio, sued East Cleveland after he was stopped by police in 2012 for suspected drug activity, handcuffed, and beaten so severely that he suffered memory loss and required brain surgery, according to Black’s attorney, Robert DiCello, and Cuyahoga County Court documents.

An attorney for East Cleveland could not be reached for comment, but the Fox TV station in Cleveland reported that city officials plan to appeal the ruling.

According to the court documents, the officers thought Black’s green Silverado pickup truck was a vehicle used to transport drugs.

Black said one of the officers who detained him, Detective Randy Hicks, had been drinking and repeatedly asked him with slurred speech where drugs were sold in East Cleveland, according to court documents.

Hicks proceeded to punch Black, who was 45 at the time, repeatedly in the head as the officers threatened to put him in jail if he did not tell them were the drugs were.

Black was placed in a storage closet at the police station where he was kept without food or water for four days and forced to relieve himself in a locker.

“My client suffered mercilessly,” DiCello said in a telephone interview.

He added, a Cuyahoga County jury reached the decision on the lawsuit on Tuesday.

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